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Conversation in the Cathedral

(1975)
A novel by

 
 
A Haunting tale of power, corruption,
and the complex search for identity


Conversation in The Cathedral takes place in 1950s Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel A. Odría. Over beers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation flows between two individuals, Santiago and Ambrosia, who talk of their tormented lives and of the overall degradation and frustration that has slowly taken over their town.

Through a complicated web of secrets and historical references, Mario Vargas Llosa analyzes the mental and moral mechanisms that govern power and the people behind it. More than a historic analysis, Conversation in The Cathedral is a groundbreaking novel that tackles identity as well as the role of a citizen and how a lack of personal freedom can forever scar a people and a nation.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

August 1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: Conversation in the Cathedral
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-06-014502-1 / 978-0-06-014502-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

February 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Conversation in the Cathedral
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-06-073280-6 / 978-0-06-073280-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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1975 : UK Paperback
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Title: Conversation in the Cathedral
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-571-16882-5 / 978-0-571-16882-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 1984 : USA Paperback
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Title: Conversation in the Cathedral
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-374-51815-7 / 978-0-374-51815-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Conversation in the Cathedral
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK